Bearcats beat Patriots in PBC series opener

Bearcats beat Patriots in PBC series opener

FLORENCE, SC – Lander University scored eight runs in the top of the second inning and went on to claim an 18-3 victory over Francis Marion University, Friday night (March 22) in Peach Belt Conference baseball action.

Francis Marion drops to 18-10 overall and 9-7 in the PBC, while Lander improves to 10-18 and 6-7.  The two squads will play a single game on Saturday at 2 p.m., and conclude the series with a single game on Sunday at 1 p.m.

Francis Marion took an early 1-0 advantage in the bottom of the first inning as senior center fielder Gage Taylor drilled a two-out triple and junior first baseman Nick Pappas followed with a sharp single down the right field line.

Lander registered five hits and took advantage of three walks and a hit batter to plate the eight runs in the second frame. The Bearcats also tallied four runs in the fourth, five in the seventh, and one in the eighth.

The other Patriot runs came in the fifth and eighth innings.  Freshman left fielder Will Hardee extended his hitting streak to 12 games with a lead-off triple off the top of the right center field wall in the fifth.  He came home when freshman catcher Trystan Freeman was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded.  An RBI-single to center by junior second baseman Grayson Cottingham in the eighth accounted for the other FMU score.

FMU senior right-hander Evan Flynn (4-1) suffered his first loss of the year as he was knocked from the game during the second-inning outburst.  Six Patriot hurlers combined to strikeout 11 Lander hitters.

Senior righty Alex Moore (4-2) pitched six innings to earn the win as he scattered four hits and allowed two runs, while fanning 11 batters.

Junior catcher Zack Moore led the Bearcats at the plate with two hits, two runs scored, and four driven in.  Junior first baseman Nathan Schreckengost also had two hits, scored three times, and drove in two.


Post-game comments from FMU head coach Art Inabinet


Lander 18, Francis Marion 3 (Mar 22, 2019 at Florence, SC)
Lander..............     080 400 510  - 18  9  0      (10-18, 6-7 PBC)
Francis Marion......   100 010 010  -  3  5  0      (18-10, 9-7 PBC)
Pitchers: Lander - Alex Moore; Carson Schlegel (7); Nick Clary (8); Bryce Jackson (9) and
Zack Moore. Francis Marion - Evan Flynn; Warren Specht (2); Weston Rogers (2); Will Taks (4);
Linc Powell (6); Colby Lee (7) and Alex Griffith; Trystan Freeman; Daulton Dabbs.
Win-Alex Moore (4-2)  Loss-Evan Flynn (4-1)  T-3:35  A-613
Weather: Clear, 67 degrees, winds W at 14 mph
Rogers faced 4 batters in the 4th.